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A Trip To The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

On Tuesday 3rd November 36 St. Peter’s School students visited the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London to see performances of ballets choreographed by Carlos Acosta from Cuba.

On Tuesday 3rd November 36 St. Peter’s School students visited the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London to see performances of ballets choreographed by Carlos Acosta from Cuba.

The students were lucky enough to be given seats, via the Schools’ Matinee Ballot, in the middle of the Balcony just above the Grand Circle from where they viewed ballets from different eras in history.

Viscera

 

Viscera is an abstract ballet. It is choreographed by Liam

Scarlett using a piano concerto by Lowell Liebermann,

a contemporary American composer.

Afternoon of a Faun

Afternoon of a Faun is set in a ballet studio – a room with

mirrors where dancers rehearse. The two dancers in this

ballet stare out into the audience, as if they are watching

themselves in the mirror.

The ballet begins with a male dancer, asleep on the

studio floor. He gets up and begins to stretch. A female

dancer enters and begins to warm up at the barre (the

hand rail used in training). They dance together while

gazing into the audience, concentrating more on the

images of themselves in the invisible mirror than on each

other. At the end, the boy kisses the girl on the cheek.

She hurries out of the studio. Left alone, the boy goes

back to sleep.

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX

In Tchaikovsky pas de deux Balanchine looks back to the

great 19th-century ballets such as Swan Lake – but he

pushes the grand pas de deux to new technical extremes,

updating the past into his own contemporary style and

creating a short ballet full of technical fireworks.

Carmen

Carmen is most famous as an opera by Georges Bizet,

a 19th-century French composer. Bizet's opera was

based on a short novel by Prosper Mérimée.

This new ballet, choreographed by Carlos Acosta, uses

a new arrangement and orchestration of Bizet's score

by Martin Yates, who also conducts it.

Carmen is a gypsy. Two men fall in love with her.

Don José sacrifices everything to be with her, but

when Carmen becomes infatuated with the toreador

(bullfighter) Escamillo, she loses interest in him. Don

José's love quickly turns to violent jealousy: he tracks

Carmen down and murders her.

Fate follows Carmen wherever she goes, in the shape of

a bull-like figure.

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